12 New Year’s resolutions for 2012

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A digital selective calling VHF-FM marine-band radio allows for a digital transfer between radios versus voice transmission which allows mariners to instantly send an automatically formatted distress alert to the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandyn Hill.
A digital selective calling VHF-FM marine-band radio allows for a digital transfer between radios versus voice transmission which allows mariners to instantly send an automatically formatted distress alert to the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandyn Hill.

With contributions from Michael Baron, USCG recreational boating safety specialist.

2012 is here! And of course, with the new year comes new resolutions. As we come up with goals we would like to accomplish in the coming year, we encourage you to think about boating safety. There are hundreds of things that you can do to make boating safer, and even the simple things can make the difference between keeping your loved ones safe or disaster. From learning how to file a float plan, to ensuring your boat is properly equipped, there are some great resolutions for all who take to the water.

Make a resolution that will keep you safer on the water, and be sure to keep it all year long!

1. I resolve to always wear my life jacket and require my passengers to do the same.

2. I resolve to get a vessel safety check.

3. I resolve to take a boating safety course, approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and recommend to my fellow boaters that they do the same.

4. I resolve to never boat under the influence.

5. If my boat is so equipped, I resolve to wear my engine cut off lanyard.

6. I resolve to file a float plan with a family member or trusted friend who will notify the U.S. Coast Guard if I don’t return as planned.

7. I resolve to be a weather watcher and ensure I consider and respect the weather while I boat.

8. I resolve to post a proper lookout as required by the navigation rules to avoid collisions with my fellow boaters.

9. I resolve to learn and practice the navigation rules of the road.

10. I resolve to avoid excessive speed and operate only at a responsible speed for the current boating conditions.

11. I resolve to be responsible for my vessels wake to avoid deaths and injuries to my fellow boaters and damage to others property.

12. I resolve to ensure that my boat is properly equipped, well maintained and serviced regularly.

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